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Freezin' for a reason, Kalamazoo takes the Polar Plunge

The moment of truth and extreme cold.
The Setting for the 2014 Polar Plunge in Kalamazoo.
The 2014 Polar Plunge
The moment of truth and extreme cold.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Politicians, local celebrities, policemen, and a lot of strangely dressed regular citizens took the Polar Plunge this weekend to raise funds for the Special Olympics.

It’s an eye opening, refreshing, heart-stopping and extremely cold adventure to leap from a ladder into a pool of water with ice floating in it on a cold winter day, and do it in front of a grand stand full of people.

This year the event was moved from the WMU Campus to the new sports complex at Kalamazoo College.

Spokesperson Ashley Diersch says they hold Polar Plunge fundraisers in most of Michigan’s larger communities and raise about a million dollars a year to support the Special Olympics, and the thousands of participants who take part in the games, which now features both summer and winter events.

Kalamazoo’s plunge this weekend raised about $40,000 for the organization, and grew from 45 plungers last year to 180 this year.